10 Simple DIY Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas

Here’s another oldie but goodie, updated from our archives — Audra’s take on simple DIY Christmas trees. (OK, the last one is by Martha Stewart, so it’s a little more elaborate.)

The first holiday season I ever spent in my very own apartment, I went a little crazy. I was absolutely convinced that I had to deck every hall (wall, doorway, etc., etc.), make ALL the ornaments for my way-too-big-for-my-tiny-apartment fake tree (I’m sadly allergic to the oh-so-pretty real trees), buy every useless decoration I saw, bake cookies on the regular, send Christmas cards to all my family members (even those I would see on Christmas day) and so on. As I said, I went a bit bonkers. And guess what? It cost me a fortune.

But this isn’t a sad story to sap you of your holiday cheer, it’s a reminder that you don’t have to go big — or broke — to have a fabulous Christmas in your first apartment. And, you know what else I learned through my rendezvous with holiday-inspired madness? Real of fake traditional Christmas trees are expensive, expensive, expensive and they take up a whole lotta space; space that you probably don’t have to spare in your first apartment. This year, I’m skipping a traditional tree altogether. Hey, I’ve mellowed in my old-er age. That, and I’m just too lazy to drag the tree out of storage this year.

Instead, my boyfriend and I are going alternative and getting in touch with our resourceful, creative, and, well, cheap, sides and creating a wall tree with my vast collection of scrapbooking materials. If you’re looking for a way to save, but still enjoy some Christmas-time goodness, check out these 10 alternative Christmas tree ideas I’ve collected from around the web — their great for small spaces, and they’re easy and budget-friendly, too!

If you find a design you want to recreate, click the source link for instructions and details.

1. Driftwood Christmas Tree

via  homestolove.com

2. Washi Tape TreeWashi-0-Main-645x429

via Brit + Co

3. Lights Only Tree74085dc1df2fb8da2ea3d2ce864a9ff7

via Domino

4. Paper Poster Tree


via Wedding Chicks

5. Tiny Tin Can Tree


via Babble Dabble Do

6. Books A Plenty Tree


via Family Sponge

7. Cardboard Cutout Tree


via Instructables


8. Bare Branches Tree


via Hege in France


9. Sparkle & Shine Tree


via Ann Street Studio

10. Pretty Pipe Treemarcie-tree-001x-md110644_vert


Happy decorating!

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Audra is a recent college graduate and an aspiring writer based in her home state of Georgia. She’s a lover of the sweetest Southern tea, warm weather, and decorating with lots of color, DIY projects, and shabby chic pieces. Her apartment living journey is still young, so she’s busy navigating the ups and downs and learning along the way. For more from Audra, follow her on Pinterest or check out her website shepenspretty.com.

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